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Maintaining a Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

Image result for eating healthy during pregnancyIf you are pregnant and considered yourself to be overweight prior to conception, chances are that you have worried more than once about the additional weight gain that comes along with carrying a child. While embarking on a ‘weight loss plan’ is not healthy or recommended during pregnancy, there are ways to maintain and control excessive weight gain through a healthy diet and daily activity.

Why Traditional Dieting is Harmful

A restrictive diet that reduced your calorie intake is one of the most dangerous things you can do to manage your weight gain during pregnancy. You should actually be eating about 500 more calories a day — not cutting them. Restrictive diets do not just limit calories, they reduce the intake of vital nutrients your body and your baby receive from the foods you would be eating such as iron and folic acid. These nutrients are essential to the growth and development of your unborn child – so it’s imperative that you make sure they are incorporated in your daily diet. The easiest way to make sure you are getting at least the recommended amounts of these nutrients is to take a daily prenatal vitamin. These will help fill the gap between the nutrients your body needs and what it’s getting from your food intake.   If however, you are worried about excess weight gain, managing what you eat can help you stay on track and gain appropriate amounts of weight on schedule with your pregnancy.


What Should You Be Eating?

Your body has different needs during pregnancy. All of your body systems are essentially in overdrive, and carrying an extra workload to help develop and nurture your growing bundle of joy. Eating a balanced diet and including more of certain groups is going to be a big help in not only maintaining a healthy weight gain but also making sure you are

Image result for pregnancy dietgetting the nutrients you need.


The Mayo Clinic suggests that the average pregnant woman should be eating roughly 71 grams of protein per day. Protein is most commonly found in meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and dairy. It’s recommended that you include some source of protein in every meal and snack as this promotes healthy fetal development and keeps mom’s energy up as well.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are just as important to your pregnancy diet as they are to your normal diet. You should be including 2-4 servings of fruit and 4 or more servings of vegetables daily. These foods are very rich in nutrients including Iron, Vitamins and folic acid that are essential to baby’s health.

Breads and Grains

While many trying to maintain a healthy weight would think that carbs are conducive to weight gain, this is not so. Healthy carbohydrates are a primary source of your energy during pregnancy and provide essential nutrients including B vitamins, folate, fiber, protein and iron. Eating 6-11 servings of bread and grains is recommended during pregnancy.

Exercise during pregnancy helps keep you in shape and relieve basic pregnancy discomforts.
Maintaining healthy weight gain during your pregnancy is not about restriction – it is about eating what your body needs for you and baby and avoiding what it doesn’t. Some doctors recommend avoiding large meals and instead trying 6 small meals and snacks throughout the day. Staying active during pregnancy is also important. While many exercises are off the table, walking, jogging, swimming and low impact aerobics keep you moving and are great for managing your weight and promoting mom’s health during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before making any major dietary or activity changes while pregnant to avoid complications.


The Rules of Regifting and Why it’s NOT Always a Bad Thing.

Regifting is one of those Christmas faux pas that everyone does and no one talks about. It is a practice that is widely frowned upon but oddly that doesn’tstop people from doing it. Regifting however doesn’t have to be that slap in the face insult that everyone thinks it is. There are a few ways to pull off the infamous regift without insulting your friends and looking like a cheapskate.

Rule #1 – If you REgift, REwrap!

Everyone gets presents that they do not want and sometimes when we get desperate for a last minute gift for someone you forgot then regifting may be your only option in a pinch. Many people will store their unused presents in their original packaging (gift bag, box, etc.) If this is the case make sure you update the packaging so your secret is not discovered. Three telltale signs of recycled gifts are dust, dents and outdated packaging.  If your going to regift it,  wipe the box down and rewrap it with new paper and ribbons or, at the very least put it in a new gift bag with a new tag!

Rule #2 If you have used it, don’t regift it.

There are a few cheapskates who give all regifters a bad name and they usually do this by giving gifts that they have already used. There is nothing wrong with giving your sister in law a few CDs that you don’t want anymore but not if you are trying to disguise it as a new gift. This is especially true for things that you have had around your house. You may not want those beautiful sconces any more but if your giftee recognizes that they were once in your living room you may be in trouble!

Rule #3 -Keep a list.

If you get some less than desirable presents that may be eligible for regifting, make sure you remember who gave them to you so you avoid the catastrophe of regifting the item back to them. This can easily be accomplished by simply writing down what you got and who gave it to you so you can consult it later on when making a last minute regift decision.

Rule #4 – Avoid regifting from the bad gifts list.

There are certain items that are horrible enough when you get them, keep yourself out of hot water by stopping the cycle and not passing these items along.  Her is a brief list of items to avoid.

– Old Unused Candles (they usually smell horrible)

– Bargain Gift Sets (If they were cheap, they probably look like it)

– Decorative Figurines (They are just tacky.)

-Ugly Jewelry Gift Sets

-Fruitcake (Just don’t. Trust me.)

Rule #5 – Donate or SELL what you can’t regift.

Sometimes you just can’t regift something because no one you know would want that item. If this is the case just rid yourself of the item all together. The easiest way to do this is to donate it. Simply give it away or give it to an organization looking for unused presents. The other way to rid yourself of ungiftable items is to sell it. EBAY is a great forum for people looking to sell they’re unused items and there is absolutely no angry holiday backlash. It’s definitely worth a try.

While regifting can be tacky, it doesn’t have to be. Just remember to do it tastefully and keep your mouth shut. If no one knows but you then you’ve achieved your mission.

And just for fun try this out, it’s called Regifting Robin it’s a computer site that reads your mind! Check it out HERE


Snag Ariat Boots on Amazon at 45% off! One Day Only!

Amazon features Deals of the Day on a variety of products and these provide an amazing opportunity to save money on high dollar items. Today they are offering 45% off on select styles of Ariat Boots. If these boots are on your holiday shopping list – I definitely recommend you grab these up. These deals will EXPIRE at midnight tonight

Here are just a few of the selections on sale today.

Ariat Women’s Fatbaby Heritage Western Cowboy Boot

Regular Price $94.95 

TODAY’S PRICE – $56.97

fatbabySizes up to 11 B(M) US


 Regular Price $189.95

TODAY’S PRICE  – $99.99

Sizes up to 11 B(M) US













Ariat Men’s Rambler Wide Square Toe Western Boot

Regular Price: $159.95


Sizes up to 13 2(E) US













Many more styles for men, women and kids are available at this discount. Click HERE to view all of the Ariat Boots on Sale today! 




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The Boggle Eyed Gog – A Fun Spin on The Typical Children’s Book

Recently, I had the opportunity to read the latest children’s book written by Todd Henderson and illustrated by  James McNulty. I agreed to review the book, though originally I had trepidation about sharing the book with my 2-year-old daughter because it was a monster book. Of course, like any parent, I did not want to subject my child to any content that may scare her – but after reading the book through once on my own I found it to be interesting, creative and humorous. 

The book is about a monster called the ‘Boggle Eyed Gog’ a slovenly, lazy, child eating miscreant who forms a plot to capture some children to eat for dinner by pretending to be friendly. Unfortunately for him, in a beautiful twist of plot – the children who he plans to eat actually end up eating him. (Don’t worry the language, illustration and concept are all child-friendly and appropriate). It actually is a fun story that can give children a more humorous concept of monsters – which I really liked.gog2

I will say -that my daughter at two has a more advanced vocabulary than most 3 and 4 year olds I know. That’s not me bragging up my kid – that’s just fact. She’s insanely intelligent. She loved this book. She understood the concept. Now I would say for others – this is a book best suited for the 4 and up zone – just because the language is a bit more eloquent than your typical children’s book-which is one of the best things about it. This is a book that kids will love that the parents will laugh along with as they read it as well.

Also, we really loved the illustrations in this book. They were very creative, colorful and vivid. They really were a great match for the book. The monster really matched his description and while ‘monsterish’ was not scary enough to evoke fear in children.


Overall, we were quite satisfied with the book. The language, concept and illustrations were a great package. It is a book the whole family can enjoy and is bound to become a family favorite in your home as it now is in mine.

If you are interested in checking out this book for yourself – you can purchase it through amazon as a paperback or as an e-book for download. Click the image below to go straight to the book’s listing page.

I received this book free for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions are my own, no additional compensation was provided.

HUGE 40% off Huggies Diapers, Pull Ups Wipes and Enfamil Products on Amazon – These deals won’t Last! Go NOW!





Right now Amazon has several 20% off coupons available on Huggies Brand products. A lot of these products are bulk size cases of diapers and are totalling out at nearly half off when you clip the 20% coupon. You also get an additional 20% off on diapers just for being a prime member – so you are crazy not to utilize these limited time prices. Boxes of nearly 200 diapers are coming up as low as $25 (plus free shipping because you are ordering via subscribe and save)


** Remember subscribe and save is a subscription service – but there is now commitment – you get special deals and pricing through the subscription program but you can cancel as soon as you receive your product and never be charged again!! This is defhot deal red circle glossy web icon, round button with metallic borderfinitely worth taking advantage of!

Here are a few of the products these coupons are working on – click each style of diaper to go to it’s coupon page. This will show you everything the coupon applies to for that product. Remember – the prices you are seeing on these over view pages ARE NOT YOUR PRICES!  click the individual product and move forward towards the checkout preview page to see your total with all of the promotions applied.

Huggies Wipes <–click to see all promotions

Huggies Litle Snugglers <– click to see all promotions

Huggies Snug and Dry  <– click to see all promotions

Huggies Little Movers <– click to see all promotions

Pull-Ups <– click to see all promotions


Here is a link to all of the products and brands under the 40% off deals – there are several more diaper/pull up varieties and a large selection of different Enfamil products.



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RUNNNNN Victoria’s Secret Ultra Moisturizing Hand and Body Cream, Love Addict $7.95 + free shipping on Amazon

This price will not last – so if you love Victoria’s Secret lotion cash in on this price.
 Ultra Moisturizing Hand and Body Cream, Love Addict, 6.7 Ounce
$7.95 free shipping 
there are other scents ont this listing but price applies only to this one.
Prices can change anytime so go now if you want to catch it!

Super Hot Deal on Amazon Gerber Graduates Finger Foods Harvest Apple Wagon Wheels, 148-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 6) -$8.67 – Go NOW!



If you have a toddler in the house – time to jump at this deal because this price won’t last.

Gerber Graduates Finger Foods Harvest Apple Wagon Wheels, 148-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 6)- YES 6!

Price: $8.67 subscribe and save  – the deal applies to this flavor only the rest of them are much more expensive. These are normally like $2.50-3 each in stores. 

Click HERE to go to product page

*Remember – subscribe and save allows you to get special discounts on certain items – you can cancel your subscription as soon as you receive your item and you will not be charged again!


Super Deal Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo $3.79 Hot Amazon Deal!

This is an AMAZING stocking stuffer deal on Amazon
This price will not last – so go now if you are interested
Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo, 6 Ounce
$3.79 subscribe and save (free shipping)
$3.99 one time purchase (add- on item)
– the two pack is $19.99 so definitely grab a few singles and save!

Extreme Savings Dove Body Wash, Sensitive Skin Pump 34 Ounce on Amazon – $6.24! Hot Hot Hot!



If you’re Dove Fan – you know how expensive their large sized products can be – take advantage of this deal.


Dove Body Wash, Sensitive Skin Pump 34 Ounce

when you clip $1 on page coupon and order via Subscribe and Save –
the 12oz is $12.99 and this is nearly triple the size for half the price so this is an awesome deal!! go go go!!

Click here to go to product page 

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